2018 Tour of Provence: Cols and Gorges 27 May - 9 June
Starts and finishes in Orange, and fits with EBE. Guided & Supported
Climb high Cols and travel through wonderful Gorges. Ride on quiet country roads with little traffic, through sleepy villages. See medieval castles and fascinating Roman sites, all bathed in the magical light that was so loved by painters such as Cézanne, Gauguin and Van Gogh. Appreciate the smells of thyme and rosemary scented roadsides, and miles of wild lavender fields.
* Spend 2 nights at some hotels to explore the area. * Ride the Verdon Gorge - Grand Canyon of Europe. * Ride up Mont Ventoux or explore the lavender fields below.
2018 Tour of Corsica: 8 - 22 September
Guided and supported
Cycling holiday of Corsica. Meet in Nice, one night hotel, then ferry to Corsica. A challenging tour of the wild and spectacular mountains and coasts. An extraordinary mix - clear blue seas, maquis with wild pigs, villages perched on mountains. Plenty of time to explore places of interest, and to swim in the sea. Lots of cols to climb. No rest days. Suitable for experienced mountain cyclists.
2018 South Africa: Cols of Garden Route: 23 Oct - 3 Nov
This tour, mainly on gravel roads, explores a quiet area north-east of George, to the east of Cape Town. Experience the best of the Garden Route and the Karoo. Fascinating mountain passes and landscapes of rolling hills, indigenous forest and farm lands make this tour an unforgettable adventure. A couple of nights in Cape Town to start, giving you the opportunity to go up Table Mountain, visit Robben Island, Kirstenbosch, etc.
One of the great things about South Africa is the ease with which you become remote from traffic and tourists. The scenery, the wildlife and the people in remote places are what makes for a great cycling experience. The unused dirt roads and the hidden gems of accommodation such as Rooiberg Lodge and Eight Bells Hotel (a bell is sounded at 4 pm for tea and cakes!) mean that sometimes there has to be a choice of cycling options and most of us will be shuttled for some of the way when it gets hot in the afternoon. Those wanting more of a challenge can cycle it all, a cool beer is awaiting at the end. Enjoy a local wine or a beer at Rooiberg after a swim and then watch the game come down to the lake to drink in the twilight.